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lesson manual for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints written by Apostle John Widtsoe. 
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Jan 10, 2019 James Talmage
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The House of the Lord: A Study of Holy Sanctuaries, Ancient and Modern James Edward Talmage Deseret News, 1912 - Mormon Church - 336 pages
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Jan 10, 2019
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August 2001 issue of the Ensign, a publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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Jan 10, 2019 Wilford Woodruff
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Letter from LDS Apostle Wilford Woodruff to St. George Temple Recorder Samuel Roskelley detailing the position of church leaders regarding the ordinances of the temple. Transcript here:  https://user.xmission.com/~research/central/temple3a.htm Source: Roskelley Papers , Utah State University,  Call#  COLL MSS 65, Box 2, Book 4
Topics: lds, mormon, woodruff, temple, ordinance, joseph smith, brigham young
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Jan 9, 2019 Wilford Woodruff
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Digital scans of the entirety of the journal of Wilford Woodruff, 4th President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, known as the Mormons.  " Wilford Woodruff journals and papers: Wilford Woodruff Journals, 1833-1898. Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah" https://eadview.lds.org/findingaid/000120297/?lang=eng Original source material at the church history library here
Topics: lds, mormon, wilford woodruff, journal
"Reasonings Sufficient": Joseph Smith, Thomas Dick, and the context(s) of Early Mormonism
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University of Utah thesis on black slavery in Utah.  Original here: http://cdmbuntu.lib.utah.edu/utils/getfile/collection/etd2/id/1565/filename/1453.pdf
Topics: lds, mormon, slavery, racism, utah
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Oct 30, 2018
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Report given to LDS Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints leaders regarding the nature and scope of members experiencing faith crises and strategies for the church to address the issue.  See original reddit release here: https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/9sgh3k/release_of_report_chronicles_and_presentation_on/
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Jane and John Doe Federal Lawsuit Complaint of Ritual Sex Abuse in Mormon Community. Filed documents and exhibits.
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A REPORT OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN LDS NEIGHBORHOODS MARION B SMITH
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Oct 1, 2018
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Digital Scan of Mormon Doctrine, 1958 First Edition by Bruce R McConkie.
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Brief Amicus Curiae of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Ramani v. Segelstein, No. 49341, Nev. Oct. 5, 2009 document in which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints argues that religious institutions should not be held accountable for child abuse by clergy because of the first amendment.
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Sep 19, 2018
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Comments delivered by Sam Young, founder of Protect LDS Children on 5 Sept, 2018.  Facebook video here
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Extra edition of "The Wasp"  Bennettiana; or, the microscope with double diamond lenses 27 July 1842 Original here
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Sep 10, 2018
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Issue of Clarke Memorandum which contains remarkable talk given by Elder Dallin Oaks which lays out a theological and legalistic justification for redefining honesty allowing one to mislead others and still claim to be honest.  Page 12 -  12 Sep 1993 Gospel Teachings About Lying BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School http://instituteofreligion.org/talk.php?&d=1993-09-12&s=1 http://instituteofreligion.org/talk.php?&d=1993-09-12&s=1 Gospel Teachings About Lying Dallin H. Oaks BYU J....
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Aug 29, 2018
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Title: Testimonies in Nauvoo High Council cases These are the records of testimony given by various women who had been found to be engaging in secret illicit intercourse in the early Mormon church before the doctrine of polygamy had been made public.  Call Number: MS 24557 Identifier: MS 24557/f0001 There
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Aug 29, 2018
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Article about the history of the Mormon Church and how its founder Joseph Smith and his colleagues induced women to break social norms and partake of secret plural marriage and sexual intercourse. A distinction is drawn between those relationships sanction by the Prophet and those that were not.
Topics: mormon, lds, polygamy, joseph smith, bergera, john c bennett, adultery
Tithing to the Vortex: The Secrecy of Financial Records in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the Case of D.I. v. Corp. of the Bishops of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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journal of the 14th assembly of Illinois
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Jul 24, 2018
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years 1842-1843
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United States Congressional Serial Set - 26th Congress - 2nd Session - Vol IV.
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Poll records for the 1843 election in which Joseph Smith was elected Mayor with an unopposed unanimous vote Original source at Church History Library
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Amicus Brief Of Mormon Church In Ramani V Segelstein. In an amicus brief, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints argues that recognized religious institutions cannot be held liable for the sexual abuse of their clergy because of the protections contained in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Topics: mormon, lds, child abuse, amicus brief
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Jun 21, 2018
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Partial transcript of an interview with AP reporter and Elder Neal A Maxwell and Dallin H Oaks regarding the 10 year anniversary of the lifting of the priesthood ban in the Mormon Church. Original clipping at Newspapers.com The Times-News ,  09 Jun 1988, Thu ,  Page 15
Topics: mormon, lds, racism, oaks, maxwell
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May 31, 2018
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As of 2018, current seminary teacher manual for the Book of Mormon
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Autobiography by the first African American to sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Includes an appendix explaining why black people are denied priesthood and temple blessings in the church in the era before the priesthood ban was lifted.
Topics: mormon, black, lds, racism, priesthood, mormon tabernacle choir, wynetta martin
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May 8, 2018
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Report of sexual abuse in LDS neighborhoods Marion B. Smith
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Principles To Govern Possible Public Statement On Legislation Affecting Rights Of Homosexuals  August 7 1984  Dallin H. Oaks
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Historical development of new masturbation attitudes in Mormon culture Sexuality and Culture December 2005, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 80–127
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Mar 20, 2018
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oral history record of Jan Tyler from her time at Weber State College
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Mar 20, 2018
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first person account of a special stake conference presided over by Boyd K Packer
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The Magazine Rack
Feb 21, 2018
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Excerpted articles from a 1997 Time Magazine Issue dealing with Mormons
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BYU thesis by Rodney Turner covering the accounts of Brigham Young's statements regard Adam as God.
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Jan 3, 2018
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Thesis from research at BYU aimed at using electroshock therapy to "cure" homosexuality.
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Dec 12, 2017
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Handbook describing the Mormon church teachings, position and policy on Homosexuality.
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Oct 12, 2017
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BYU studies article about William Law
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Sep 29, 2017
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pamphlet dealing with the issue of homosexuality from the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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textbook chapter on medical ethics in military medicine original at: http://ke.army.mil/bordeninstitute/published_volumes/ethicsVol1/Ethics-ch-12.pdf
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review of how bias affects interpretation of evidence in medical science. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1126323/
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Sep 5, 2017
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compilation of responses from archeologists to inquiry from a young mormon. see original context here https://www.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/1k57o6/after_emailing_sixty_professors_receiving/
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he Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Priesthood: An Analysis of Official Church Statements Concerning Black Priesthood Denial Bolen, Ingrid B.   https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc500342/
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Aug 21, 2017
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Letters sent by Orson Pratt, 1845, 1852-1853 https://eadview.lds.org/findingaid/CR%201234%201/?componentid=5282
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Spotlight type document cataloging instances of sexual abuse perpetrated or covered up by the Mormon Church
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Jul 22, 2017
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Painesville Telegraph of 30 June 1837
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Jul 21, 2017
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Scanned issue of Painesville Telegraph of 26 May 1837
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Jul 20, 2017
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Painesville Telegraph from 9 June 1837 https://eadview.lds.org/findingaid/000312028/
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Jun 13, 2017
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handwritten account of verbal autobiography of Jane Manning James, intended to be read at her funeral. 
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May 25, 2017
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Book detailing the spiritual mysticism and works of John Dee
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May 5, 2017
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primer of issues in mormonism
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Apr 21, 2017
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court transcript of Elizabeth Smart's testimony
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Apr 21, 2017
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This is the Religious manifesto of Brian David Mitchell, the self proclaimed servant of God who kidnapped Elisabeth Smart
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Peer reviewed medical journal article about the phenomenon of "Blue Balls" and a followup series of letters to the editor with response.
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Mar 30, 2017
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changes announced in Nov 2015 to Mormon church handbook dealing with gay members, couples and their children.
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Mar 26, 2017
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A collection of photos of the Sidney Rigdon Home in Nauvoo Ill. Includes photos from 1890 - 2016 see locator here
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article discussing the provenance of the "Happiness Letter" from Joseph Smith to Nancy Rigdon
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Mar 24, 2017
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leaked Mormon presentation about proposition 8 https://mormonleaks.io/wiki/index.php?title=File:Proposition_8_Grassroots_Program.pdf
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https://www.newspapers.com/image/76367275/
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Jan 25, 2017
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Title: Nauvoo, circa 1870 Description: Compare to PH 1107 Containers: BOX 1  (100000571633) FOLDER 13 https://eadview.lds.org/findingaid/PH%206873/?componentid=330020
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Jan 24, 2017
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Nauvoo Times and Seasons Parry D. Sorensen, Robinson, Smith and George W. Harris Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (1908-1984) Vol. 55, No. 2 (Summer, 1962), pp. 117-135 Published by:  University of Illinois Press  on behalf of the  Illinois State Historical Society Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40190538 Page Count: 19
Topics: mormon, times and seasons, nauvoo
Robert T. Bray, “Times and Seasons: An Archaeological Perspective on Early Latter Day Saints Printing,”  Historical Archaeology  13 (1979), 53-119.
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Jan 24, 2017
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Article discussion the significance of the changes made by Joseph Smith to the KJV text of Roman 7. Significant theological implications which extend into Joseph' practice of polygamy.
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Jan 23, 2017
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Several key issues and pages from Ebenezer Robinson's publication "The Return" covering important reminiscences from Nauvoo.
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Includes early copy of the "Happiness Letter" purported to have been written by Joseph Smith to Miss Nancy Rigdon Title: Letters sent, January-8 September 1842 Call Number: Joseph Smith collection, 1827-1844 (collection), Correspondence, 1829-1844 (series) Identifier: MS 155/b0002/f0005 Original: https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE425462
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Jan 21, 2017
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supplementary information regarding the authorship and content of the "happiness letter" attributed to Joseph Smith
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Jan 21, 2017
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Issue of the Painesville Republican from 2-15-1838
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Jan 20, 2017
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These are the issues of the Sangamo Journal in which John C Bennett first published his letters exposing Joseph Smith's activities. Bennett would later compile these letters into his expose "History of the Saints" Originals scanned as part of the Illinois Digital Newspapers Project here
Topics: mormon, joseph smith, john c bennett, polygamy, happiness letter, sangamo journal
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Jan 19, 2017 edward young
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TitleThe complaint, and the consolation; or, Night thoughtsOther TitleComplaint, and the consolationContributor NamesYoung, Edward, 1683-1765.Created / PublishedLondon, R. Noble for R. Edwards, 1797.Notes-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.-  Contains only the first four "Nights."-  The illus., designed and engr. by William Blake, are on the margins of 39 pages and of the four half-titles preceding "Nights."-  Illus. hand-colored,...
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Jan 19, 2017
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EDWARD YOUNG, NIGHT THOUGHTS (COMPOSED 1797) Although there are no extant documentary records of the contract, it was probably in late 1794 or early 1795 that the publisher Richard Edwards commissioned Blake to illustrate a new, deluxe edition of Edward Young's long meditative poem, The Complaint, and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts, first published in 1742-45 and generally known by the short title of Night Thoughts. This was the largest commercial project for which Blake was ever employed....
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Jan 18, 2017
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Ensign July 1992
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Jan 18, 2017
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Ensign magazine July 1988
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Jan 17, 2017 dee jay nelson
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initial translation of joseph smith papyri by Dee Jay Nelson
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Scanned pages from autobiographical account by Helen Mar Kimball herself describing the circumstances around Joseph Smith's proposal of plural marriage to her as a child of 14 years of age. Title: Autobiography, 1881 March 30. COLLECTION_NUM Helen M. Kimball Whitney papers Containers: Folder 0002 https://eadview.lds.org/dcbrowser/000062814/
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Jan 4, 2017
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Turley, Theodore, 1800-1871 Diary  Title Turley, Theodore vol. 1, 1839-1840  Call Number Vault MSS 129; MSS SC 810 Biographical Note Missionary for the Mormon Church. Summary/Description Handwritten diary kept from 21 Sept. 1839 to 22 July 1840.  Turley writes about his missionary experiences for the Mormon Church in Great Britain. L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/MMD/id/59609/rec/1
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Nov 16, 2016
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Emily P. Young diary and reminiscences,  1874 February-1899 November  Call Number: MS 2845  Young, Emily Dow Partridge, 1824-1899 Summary: Account of Young's activities and family life in Salt Lake City as a plural wife of Brigham Young. Contains her reflections on religious and secular topics, including polygamy and women's rights. The diary also contains her copy of several papers of her father, Edward Partridge. Also included are several different reminiscences which recount her early...
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Oct 19, 2016 Joseph Smith Jr
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itle: The Pearl of Great Price Call Number: M224.1 P359 1851 no. 10 Identifier: M224.1 P359 1851 no. 10/v0001 https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE4501499
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Transcribed diary of Helen Mar Kimball http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1035&context=usupress_pubs
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Sep 19, 2016
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George A. Smith letter to Joseph Smith III, Oct. 9, 1869, in Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Oct. 9, 1869, Church History Library, Salt Lake City https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE8560405
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Sep 18, 2016
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Revelation given to Joseph Smith, Nauvoo, IL, 12 July 1843;  eight pages; handwriting of Joseph Kingsbury; Revelations Collection, CHL.    Editorial Title: Revelation, 12 July 1843 [D&C 132] ID #1116   http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paperSummary/revelation-12-july-1843-dc-132?p=1
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Sep 17, 2016
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Manifesto published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints initially declaring the end of polygamy.
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Sep 16, 2016 william preston
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Illustrations of Masonry By William Preston
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The Spirit of Masonry in Moral and Elucidatory Lectures: By Wm Hutchinson By William Hutchinson
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Aug 25, 2016
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Pamphlet published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints discussing the reasons that the Equal Rights Amendment should be opposed.
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Aug 25, 2016
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book discussing Mormonism and Freemasonry
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Aug 25, 2016
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Complete Journal of Wilford Woodruff
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The City Charter: Laws, Ordinances, and Acts of the City Council of the City of Nauvoo and also, the ordinances of the Nauvoo legion. https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE933482
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Aug 21, 2016
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Letter composed by the Mormon Alliance in 1993 and sent to the Mormon Church leadership. The letter outlines several specific issues which the alliance believed could benefit from being directly addressed by the brethren. No response was ever received.
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Aug 18, 2016
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Flirty Fishing report from "The Children of God"
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Article which covers the development of Habeus Corpus in Nauvoo under Joseph Smith and its use in shielding Smith from legal process.
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Aug 10, 2016
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Letter written by anonymous lifelong Mormon to his wife, explaining the reasons behind his loss of trust in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Well documented.
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Aug 10, 2016
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BYU thesis about the Word of Wisdom Original here: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=6038&context=etd
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Aug 5, 2016
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paper discussing the Nauvoo Expositor. Original here:  http://www.legrandlbaker.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Nauvoo-Expositor-significance-of-1985-paper-LeGrand-Baker.pdf
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Jul 20, 2016
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Pamphlet by the Mormon Church describing a strategy for friend-shipping non-members and introducing them to the church. 
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Folkscanomy: A Library of Books
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Manual for assisting Mormon Leaders in dealing with abuse situations.
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May 28, 2016
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Handbook of policies for the Community of Christ
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special report on Mountain Meadows Massacre
Topics: mormon, mmm, mountain meadows
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Apr 28, 2016
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Reference for LDS issues from a faithful perspectives
Topic: mormon
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Apr 25, 2016
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Legal defense of Joseph Smith's plural marriages.
Topics: lds, mormon, adultery, polygamy, joseph smith
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Apr 22, 2016
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Survey given to Mormon adults assessing their opinion of Temple practices. The temple ceremonies were significantly changed in 1990
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Apr 15, 2016
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article describing the plan by Mormon church to bring members off government welfare.
Topics: lds, mormon